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Music Career Potential

Hofstra music majors graduate with a combination of classroom instruction and professional experiences that is highly regarded in today's competitive job market.

Each one of the seven music major tracks (history/literature, jazz and commercial music, six music major tracks, music performance, music theory/composition, music education and music business) presents students with a conservatory-based foundation in history, theory and ear-training.

Hundreds of our alumni in music education are successful band, choral and general music teachers throughout the country, especially the Northeast. Alumni from our Music Business program include the president of D'Addario and Co. (one of the leading manufacturers of guitar and bowed instrument strings, Evans drumheads, and Planet Waves guitar accessories) and the vice president of A&R and advertising at Warner/Chappell Music. Additionally, the founder of Hofstra's Music Business program (who is also a Hofstra alumnus and currently a professor emeritus of music) co-invented the Moog Synthesizer in 1964, revolutionizing the music industry.

Among 2017-2018 Hofstra graduates who majored in music, 89% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the arts and humanities and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $40,000.

Examples of companies where recent graduates are working:

  • ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
  • D'Addario & Co.
  • Discoveries Preschool
  • EMFB Music
  • Farmingdale Music Center
  • Floating Opera New York
  • Georgia State University
  • Heritage Hotel & Conference Center
  • JN Management
  • Literacy Link
  • Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
  • Nassau County Community College
  • National Amusements
  • Paramount Pictures
  • ProSound Music
  • Spirit Music Group
  • Tri-Cities Opera
  • TuneCore
  • Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing
  • Viacom Media Networks
  • The Vocal Company

Examples of Industries Where Our Alumni are Currently Working

  • Music Education
  • Music Management
  • Music Marketing
  • Music Publishing
  • Performance Groups (ie. orchestras, bands, symphonies)
  • Performance Venues
  • Public Relations for the Music Industry
  • Record Labels
  • Recording Studios
  • Sound Engineering
  • Music Supervisor

Additionally, many of our graduates are pursuing or planning to pursue advanced degrees in music and music education at institutions such as CUNY Brooklyn College, CUNY Queens College, Georgia State University, Hebrew College, Hofstra University, Roosevelt University, and Vermont College of Fine Arts-Music.

Information on various careers that may be of interest to Hofstra University Music Department majors are available in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, such as Musicians and SingersMusic Directors and ComposersBroadcasting and Sound Engineering Technicians; and Producers and Directors.

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017-May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 17-18 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 45% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.

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